Investigation of the movement of a tomato plant during the transition between transport devices

  • 1 Institute of Soil Science, Agrotechnology and Plant Protection, Sofia – 1331


Mechanized harvesting of tomatoes should be carried out with minimal damage. This is achieved by knowing the processes. The movement of a tomato plant in the period of transition between conveying devices has been studied. Dependencies determining the length of free movement and the rates of fall on the fruit separator are derived, which are essential for determining the kinematic regime and preventing damage to the fruit.



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